Genetic Harm


To assess various moral issues in genetics, it is necessary to develop an account of genetic harm. This account requires an analysis of how genes and genetic information can be harmful.

Keywords: harm; identity; genetic information; autonomy; disability


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Holtug, Nils(Sep 2006) Genetic Harm. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005897]